The singer's debut EP introduces her confidence, vocal control, and musical diversity to country rock music.
Abby Anderson is one of CMT's Next Women of Country 2018.
The Dallas native has been making waves in Nashville and washing over the country music industry. Her vocals have been praised for maturity beyond her years, and her command of the genre is taking country rock to new heights. Backed by a stellar band and a talented songwriting team, her debut EP I'm Good dropped last month and showcases the newcomer's impressive talents.
"I'm Good" begins with a solid guitar riff before settling in to a standard reggae-ish rhythm. The bridge slides the song along its rails towards the chorus The guitar riffs fold in, and Anderson proclaims, "I'm good" in a declaration of self-assurance as well as her pure talent. A country rock version of Alanis Morissette, she has a cool confidence as her vocals rock out over the impressive band behind her.
As we start "Make Him Wait," the tone is immediately softer and more intimate. A four chord piano progression leads lyrics that urge, "A boy's gonna run, but a real man's gonna stay / Girl, make him wait." Instrumentally and vocally, the song is good, but the well-intended message comes off a little stale and doesn't necessarily catch the listener the same way that "I'm Good" instantly endears itself.
"Dance Away My Broken Heart" almost has a Nouvelle Vague feel to its intro. Once the rhythm kicks in, the song enters Taylor Swift territory. The breezy clap rhythm feels reminiscent of "Shake it Off," but it's the song's hook that's the showpiece. She sings the track's title with real emotion behind its message, accompanied by some sexy sax that grabs and keeps your attention. The piece takes pain and turns it into pleasure.
Anderson reflects on her sound: "When I was little I really didn't think I'd be making music quite like this. I'm not sure what I thought my sound would be like but I'm sure happy with where it landed. All I want to do is make music that takes people's cares away. Music they can jam to and have a good time. And I'd like to think that's what this little debut EP of mine does."
Indeed, Anderson gives us a strong debut, with catchy hooks and a vocal performance to envy, even by people with decades of experience in this competitive industry. The singer certifies her ability to thrive in classic country rock.
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Thomas Burns Scully is a Popdust contributor, and also an award-winning actor, playwright, and musician. In his spare time he writes and designs escape rooms. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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Pandemics are known for triggering upheaval and societal change.
It's probably no coincidence, then, that Shakespeare penned Romeo and Juliet around 1595—directly in the middle of the deadly Bubonic plague pandemic that ravaged Europe. Amidst today's pandemic, the most relevant adaptation of this timeless and classic tragedy was made nearly 25 years ago.
Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo + Juliet is an ecstasy-infused, colorful retelling of the star-crossed lovers' tale. Romeo + Juliet made a decent ranking at the box office, but it was heavily overlooked for awards, only receiving one Oscar nomination for best art direction.
Had Luhrmann waited just 10 years to release Romeo + Juliet, there may have been more positive reactions to the film. At one point, Baz himself doubted that the movie would ever be made. During a 2015 interview discussing the film, Baz said: "When we went to Twentieth Century-Fox with it, under the terms of my first-look deal, I think rather than let me go, they sort of said, 'We'll give him $100,000, let him do his little workshop and maybe it'll go away.' Well it did not."
Romeo + Juliet takes a 425-year-old story and strangely reflects society in 2020. Here's why: